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Paediatric Occupational Therapy

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Service Journey

One on one consultation 

〈                        6 - 8 sessions                     〉

1st appointment

Referral Received

Assessment evaluation

(1.5 hrs)

Tailor made individual training (50-60mins)

Re-evaluation on progress

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Service Area

Pediatric occupational therapy is designed to help children and young people, improve independence with daily activities, such as feeding, dressing, playing, and learning skills. To improve their motor, sensory, behavioural, and cognitive capabilities and help individuals with various physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities or delays. Our occupational therapy provides services to children with a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited, to the following: - Prematurity - Developmental delay - Autism spectrum disorder - ADHD - Cerebral palsy - Genetic syndromes - Traumatic Injuries - Cancer & blood-related diagnoses - Sports injuries - Musculoskeletal disorders - Neurological injuries - Intellectual disability - Sensory processing disorder (SPD) A child might benefit from an occupational therapy evaluation and/or ongoing treatment if experiences the following: - Delayed milestones - Poor fine motor skills (difficulty holding a pencil and cutting with scissors for age) - Limited independence with self-care skills - Limited hand-eye coordination - Experiencing difficulties in school with visual-motor or visual-perceptual activities, such as copying from the board or completing assignments accurately - High or low muscle tone (hyper- or hypotonia) - Weakness in the arms or trunk - Tight or stiff muscles - Clumsiness/difficulty coordinating the use of both hands together and/or poor endurance with fine motor tasks - Trouble "keeping up" with the activities of same-aged children - Sensory processing and regulation difficulties, such as: - Over or under-reactivity to touch, sounds, movement in environment compared to peers - Difficulty with attention and/or energy level - Difficulty with transitions between tasks or accepting change in the environment or routine

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Assessment and training

We provide assessments and trainings include but are not limited to: - Gross motor and fine motor skills - Sensory integration function - Visual motor integration - Balance and posture control - Attention skills - Emotional management and social skills - Self-care skills - Sleep problems - Handwriting and suggestion of educational accomodation Our Occupational Therapists provide assessment which will involve talking to the child, their parents or carers, observations in class and working with the child on a 1:1 basis. Client-centered and evidence-based recommendations regarding treatment and training would be made for children, young people and their families to make sure they get the support they need.

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Tools and equipment prescriptions

We provide assistive technology equipment that can help children become mobile, communicate more effectively and participate more fully in learning and play activities. Some of the tools and equipment that may be prescribed include: Adaptive equipment for mobility: Adaptive equipment refers to devices or tools that are designed to help children with disabilities or other challenges perform daily activities. Examples of adaptive equipment include wheelchairs, walkers, and feeding aids.Postural support e.g. standing frames, supportive seating, body splinting, and orthotics. Sensory tools: Sensory tools are designed to provide sensory input to help children regulate their sensory systems. Examples of sensory tools include weighted blankets, fidget toys, and sensory swings, Stabilising Pressure Input Orthoses (SPIO) Suiting Fine motor tools: Fine motor tools are designed to help children improve their fine motor skills, which are important for tasks such as writing and self-care. Examples of fine motor tools include pencil grips, scissors with spring action, and button hooks. Gross motor equipment: Gross motor equipment is designed to help children improve their gross motor skills, which are important for tasks such as running, jumping, and climbing. Examples of gross motor equipment include balance beams, therapy balls, and climbing structures. Computer programs and apps: Occupational therapists may recommend computer programs or apps that are designed to help children improve specific skills, such as visual perception or attention. Home modifications: Occupational therapists may recommend modifications to a child's home environment to make it more accessible and supportive of their needs. Examples of home modifications include installing grab bars in the bathroom or adding a ramp to the front entrance.

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